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London, UK. 22 November 2017: The first battery-powered seminar theatre has been unveiled today by Off Grid Energy and Vinci Facilities in London at EMEX 2017, one of the world’s leading energy management exhibitions.

Off Grid Energy, the leading supplier of energy storage solutions for temporary power and behind the meter grid support, has come together with Vinci Facilities to power EMEX’s Theatre One at the London ExCeL with battery technology for the entire conference, demonstrating what the future of energy management could look like.

“EMEX is a meeting place for Energy Managers from major companies to discuss and learn about current developments in the world of Energy supply and management,” said Danny Jones, CEO at Off Grid Energy. “By co-sponsoring a seminar theatre and using our technology to power it throughout the whole conference allows us to demonstrate the clean, silent power available from our products in front of major decision makers for the future of Energy management.”

At EMEX, Off Grid Energy will also be showcasing its latest battery technology, including the gridtogo™ POWERCUBE in Theatre One and the gridtogo™ NANO at Vinci Facilities’ Stand C74. The POWERCUBE ranges between 15 and 250kVA as standard and is capable of being scaled to 1MVA. Battery capacity is available between 45kWhrs up to 1MWhrs and larger on request. The NANO is available in outputs from 400W up to 2kW and with stored energy between 0.75 and 5kWhrs, the hand-portable units offer an alternative to a petrol generator. Units can be charged from the mains, a vehicle, a generator or solar PV.

“Energy storage is a rapidly developing sector and a key component in driving efficiencies whilst tackling some of the biggest challenges we face in dealing with our future energy needs,” said Danny. “Energy managers have a huge task ahead that will test skills and knowledge to the max. As with all new technology, finding how to align with the establishment whilst educating and getting buy-in from decision makers, is as important as the impact of the technology itself.”

Off Grid Energy offers a broad range of products that cover needs as modest as running a computer through to powering entire construction sites. The company, which is delivering environmental and financial benefits in the construction and events industries, saves its customers many thousands of pounds in fuel costs while also reducing pollution emissions and noise from construction sites.

EMEX 2017 visitors can find Off Grid Energy in Theatre One at the London ExCeL, November 22-23.

For more information, please visit http://www.offgrid-energy.co.uk/index.php or contact Kelly Mancaruso at Kelly.mancaruso@proactive-pr.com.

ENDS

About Off Grid Energy:
Off Grid Energy (OGE) pioneered the use of energy storage technology in power generation systems for construction, events and utilities since first applications in 2010. Since then, OGE has lead the way in design and manufacture of a range of products that deliver significant fuel efficiency improvements and so drive down costs, reduce emissions and eliminate noise. Recently, Off Grid Energy have applied expertise gained in energy storage and expanded the product range in response to emerging EV charging and behind the meter storage markets. Based in Rugby, a town with an international reputation for electrical engineering, Off Grid delivers its products and solutions throughout the UK and all over the world. For more information, visit http://www.offgrid-energy.co.uk/index.php.

Media Contacts:
Kelly Mancaruso
Account Manager
Proactive International PR Ltd
Email: Kelly.mancaruso@proactive-pr.com
Tel (Office): +44 (0) 1636 704 888

Back in 2012, the Energy Managers Association (EMA) was formed with the aim of becoming the voice of energy management and bringing increased awareness of energy management as a profession. To provide and enhance the awareness of energy management, we have written hundreds of articles and organised a large number of members’ meetings and conferences. We have also developed and delivered numerous training courses to train new energy managers and up-skill the acting professionals.

However, all these accomplishments would not be possible without the active and experienced energy management professionals who contribute to our publications, share their achievements and give voice to the challenges they face during presentations at EMEX

The EMA team is guided on the work needed to develop the sector by its membership, and we realise that peer-to-peer knowledge sharing is one of the most valuable benefits for the professionals who we represent. So, whilst the EMA was established to become the voice of the industry, you – the acting energy management professionals – give substance to that voice. We look forward to hearing more about your activities and further developing the EMA into a vibrant network at the next EMEX, on 21–22 November and throughout 2018.

All the best,

Lord Redesdale

CEO, EMA"

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Visit TEAM Energy’s stand at EMEX this year and take part in an interactive quiz.  Answer 8 energy-related, multiple choice questions as fast as you can for the chance to win a case of champagne.

The competition takes place over the 2 days, 22-23 November, at stand B24

Players results will get captured on a leaderboard and the person with the highest score with the fastest time will win a case of champagne delivered to them in time for Christmas.

Andrea Shoel, Business Development Manager at TEAM said:

“We’re setting this year’s visitors to EMEX a fun challenge. All they need to do is use their professional knowledge to answer 8 simple, multiple-choice questions as fast as they can to win the competition.”

The competition winner will be announced on Twitter on the final day of the EMEX exhibition, Thursday 23rd November at 1600.  Follow @TEAMenergyeaa #teamenergyquiz

TEAM Energy will contact the winner directly by email by Friday 24th November.

About TEAM

TEAM is the UK’s leading supplier of energy and carbon management solutions. We work with over 500 organisations across all sectors of commerce, industry and government in the UK and worldwide, helping to reduce carbon emissions, cut energy costs and comply with legislation.

 

Pauline Scoins

Marketing & PR Executive

pscoins@teamenergy.com

As reported by the Guardian in July of this year, battery storage, according to a cabinet minister, is on the cusp of triggering an “epochal transformation” in the UK that could make energy “clean, abundant and very cheap”. The government has pledged 246 million pounds of funding for battery research.

At TESVOLT (Germany), we have already pressed ahead with research in this area and have implemented the results.

Whether you are looking to cap your peak loads, increase your level of self-consumption, generate a profit by providing grid services or become completely self-sufficient, we have the right high-performance battery storage systems for your needs.

Thanks to our Active Battery Optimizer battery management system and Samsung SDI’s high-end lithium-ion cell technology, our megawatt storage systems have a service life of around 30 years and achieve up to 8,000 charge cycles.

In our experience, your investment pays for itself within nine to ten years (and some claim that it is possible to half this payback time if you make use of their aggregation services).

This means predictable costs for ample amounts of clean, relatively cheap energy for businesses for years to come.

Be the first to usher in the epochal transformation in the UK and come and talk to us at our stand at EMEX: Hall 3, Stand E59

Christian Went

OSLO, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Swedish energy utility Vattenfall has won a distribution networks operator licence from Britain’s energy regulator Ofgem and will start operating in the competitive UK market in 2018, Vattenfall said.

Vattenfall, one of the biggest wind energy producers in Britain with capacity nearing 1 gigawatt (GW), formed a unit to own and operate the networks to meet the licence requirements.

The company would not seek to link up with existing distributors but, like them, it has to be careful with its cost structure in the British market, Annika Viklund, senior vice president of Vattenfall distribution, told Reuters.

A potential price cap on the retail energy sector in Britain would challenge energy firms to innovate, Viklund said.

We are not concerned. I think it will sharpen competition,” she added.
The British government asked energy market regulator Ofgem this month to come up with a price cap on the retail energy sector that would last until 2020.

Having been awarded the licence to operate distribution networks, Vattenfall would now look at increasing its battery storage in Britain, spokesman Jason Ormiston said.

We are currently investigating other opportunities and developing an overall battery storage strategy for the UK,” he said.

One potential battery storage investment the firm is considering will be a 10 megawatt (MW) facility at the recently completed Ray wind farm in northern England.

Vattenfall is already building a 22 MW storage project at its Pen y Cymoedd onshore wind farm in Wales, which is scheduled to be operational in February 2018.

Vattenfall will be at EMEX 2017 – Come and meet us in the Networking area

Visit Lightsource Renewable Energy, Europe’s largest solar energy company, at this year’s Energy Management Exhibition, 22nd – 23rd November at Excel London.

Lightsource’s ground-breaking subsidy-free Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) model is changing the face of business energy, providing companies across many industries with renewable energy at a fixed price for up to 30 years.

Our proposal offers you cheaper electricity without capital expenditure. We offer a fully-funded renewable solution whereby solar electricity is delivered direct to your operations, and billed through a long-term PPA, with no disruption to your day-to-day business. Lightsource solutions are bespoke, tailored to the needs of the individual business – we offer both sleeved and private wire PPAs – our solar specialists will work closely with you to design and implement an energy solution that suits your needs.

As well as offering sleeved or private wire PPAs, Lightsource is now able to provide combined battery and solar solutions, allowing your business to use even more renewable electricity, cutting your costs even further.A Lightsource PPA gives you the chance to secure a percentage of your energy supply, to fix your unit price, and reduce your electricity costs by up to 25%.

On top of economic benefits, procuring solar electricity from Lightsource will also provide your business a source of locally generated truly additional unsubsidised renewable power making a real contribution to your organisation’s sustainability efforts.

EMEX is the perfect opportunity to speak to Lightsource about PPA and solar opportunities for your business – drop by to talk to one of our team, or get in touch to find a time for a one-to-one discussion.

Come and Lightsource, Stand G10

Many businesses have an enormous opportunity to both pollute less and save money by making quite straightforward ‘bread-and-butter’ changes. EMEX brings dynamic leaders together where they will inspire and enthuse many others to drive energy efficiency to the top of the business agenda in the UK.

Energy is a cost to most organisations that has grown as a proportion of overall expenditure in recent years. All energy consuming organisations need to manage energy consumption if they are to avoid the impact of price increases on the products or services they provide. In this context, the case for investing in energy efficiency has never been stronger and of course, the cheapest energy is the energy organisations don’t use.

There is considerable potential to make large energy cost and carbon emission savings through the installation of energy efficiency measures. The energy efficiency technologies that deliver these savings are readily available, tried and tested, and often repay their initial capital cost within just a few years.

Such improvements can provide significant long-term cash savings for organisations and reduced exposure to future changes in energy costs. Protecting the environment is also an important motivator for action, as well as improving energy efficiency as a way to increase competiveness and protect business reputation.

As with other types of project, top-level leadership remains the key to unlocking the resources to deliver projects and overcome barriers.

This summer, the EMA launched, in association with E.ON, one of the most comprehensive research projects to look at how energy efficiency is managed in British businesses. The research especially focused on any disconnect between operational teams and their board and how this might result in missed opportunity.

Our survey revealed that 88% of businesses now actively discuss and review energy efficiency. In over two-thirds of cases, this is managed by a specific operational department within the business that is normally within two or three levels of hierarchy from the board.

Over 70% of our respondents reported having quantitative targets and benchmarks and decision making processes that could approve projects within just 3 months in the majority of cases. The most popular projects being considered included implementing Metering and Monitoring Systems, Lighting Solutions, BEMS, HVAC, DSR and On-site Storage. However, the top five reasons for projects failing to take place are lack of funds, incentive or ROI, lack of CAPEX, inability to build a business case, organisational structure, corporate apathy

The report will be previewed at EMEX on Wednesday 22 November at 12:20-12:50 – ‘What is Driving Energy Efficiency in the UK?’ in the Water and Energy Strategy theatrewith Lord Redesdale, CEO, Energy Managers Association and Phil Gilbert, Director of Energy Solutions, E.ON leading a panel discussion for all attendees.

In addition to the technical expertise and data analysis, the role of the energy management team is fast evolving. Influencing and negotiation, communication and stakeholder engagement skills are becoming ever more important.

A series of seminars in the ‘Knowledge, Skills and Experiences‘ Theatre, will be providing attendees with knowledge and skills on how to build a robust business case for investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and gain buy-in from senior stakeholders.

Lord Rupert Redesdale, CEO of the Energy Managers Association (EMA), said that,

reducing energy demand is critical to reducing energy costs. Three distinctly silo’d functions have long been responsible for carbon and energy reduction in organisations. This trio of Sustainability, Facilities and Energy Management often achieve the same end-result of cost, carbon and utility reduction but via very different approaches.

I’m very excited that for the first time, EMEX is bringing together IEMA (The Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment), BIFM (the professional body for facilities management) and The EMA (The Energy Managers Association) communities under one roof during 2 days to share best practice and experiences, cross-polinate knowledge and ideas and drive the energy efficiency’s agenda to the top of UK’s businesses”

BIFM Chief Executive Linda Hausmanis added

BIFM is keen to take part in events such as EMEX where members can see and evaluate options in order to put in place the right solutions for their companies. BIFM members have to act as intelligent clients and this event will help them to enhance their knowledge of running successful contracts for energy management and sustainability”.

Taking place on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 November 2017 at ExCeL in London, EMEX is the must-attend energy management show that connects all energy users with leading experts, policy makers, suppliers and technical solutions with more than 130 exhibitors, 80 seminars across 5 topical theatres, and over 100 speakers.

With such diverse solutions, knowledge and expertise on offer, it is not surprising that thousands of small and medium businesses, as well as household names such as Coca-Cola, NHS, British Airways, Harrods, Hilton Worldwide, Boots, RBS, TATA, British Land, Ministry of Defence, AstraZeneca, Sodexo, Microsoft, Bellrock, BAE Systems, Co-Operative Group, Ofgem, Network Rail, MITIE, CBRE, Whitbread, Mitchells and Butlers, British Telecom, House of Fraser and many county and city councils are already confirmed to attend.

Dave Horton will chair a session on ‘How to Future-Proof Electric Charging Points’ at EMEX from 13:50-14:20 on 22 November in the Renewables, Supply and Storage theatre.

what are the drivers (pardon the pun) for the installation of public electric vehicle (EV) charging points and which comes first, the EVs or the charging network?

More than 60% of all current private EV owners have never charged their vehicles away from their homes – and they don’t see that changing in the near future. So why do we need a public charging network and what are likely to be the catalysts needed for change?

Range to drive network expansion

The why is reasonably simple and straightforward to answer. The more EVs there are and the greater their range, then the more likelihood of finding EV users who are willing to travel further afield for business or pleasure and need to charge their vehicle to get home again.

We also need to think about those drivers who don’t have access to a garage or drive, so can only charge at the street side. Then we have white van man, public transport and taxis, which are moving around our urban areas all day and need to charge on the go.

We should also consider businesses looking to accommodate their customers’ needs. Can they use EV charging to retain current and attract new customers? For example, I’ve discussed this very topic with budget retailers who are looking to install EV charging to bring a different type of customer to their stores.

New revenue stream for businesses

Some organisations also see the potential to create new revenue streams by offering parking with EV charging, especially in the public sector. The opportunity for businesses here is to attract customers through the convenience and necessity of charging, which improves their customer offer relative to their traditional competitors.

So to simplistically answer my initial question – why do we need a public charging network – the answer is for lots of reasons. But none of this answers the more difficult question “which comes first”?

Home charging set to continue

In my view, it will be the charging network for domestic and fleet vehicles that can charge at home. I’m talking about private cars, company cars and some company vans which are kept at the employees’ homes overnight.

The infrastructure requirements are reasonably simple. The data collection and reporting capability – depending on where and from who you buy your charging point – is already available. So many EV drivers won’t need to use public charging points.

Businesses with electric fleet or company cars that park at their sites during the day will need to look at installing EV charging for their staff, and potentially a few extra for their customers. However, these might not be available to the general public.

So, in my humble opinion, we’ll see a slow growth in installation of private (domestic and business) charging points. Then as numbers of EVs increase, we’ll see more demand for publically available points, unless forward thinking businesses have future proofed their customer offer by proactively installing in advance.

Hindering technological advances

However, a slow uptake does create some issues with technological advances in the charging arena. For instance, when will induction charging become commercially viable? We are already seeing BMW and other manufacturers designing cars that don’t need to be plugged in, just driven into an ‘induction’ parking bay to charge.

So do you buy and install the current big charging boxes with leads hanging around the place now, or wait on induction charging and have a nice pad you can just park your car over?

And what about hydrogen fuel cells? Will these become the go-to solution for longer distances, leaving EVs for the urban environment? If hydrogen does become the answer, then there’s no reason to install EV charging at many ‘petrol’ stations, when you’d potentially only need them on motorways or services close to major trunk roads.

Setting the standard for charging software 

There are also questions around charging software, data collection and reporting. What is the standard today, what will it be in the future, how can you charge someone else for using your charging post either at home, in the workplace or on the street?

The role of Demand Side Response products and how EVs or hydrogen vehicles will connect to the Grid in the future is another common area for queries. Will they be used for Frequency Response and will they be able to take a home or office off the grid during peak periods?

Ultimately, do you get today’s technology now – or wait until the new ‘better stuff’ is available?

Creating the right environment for investment

All these questions and considerations are valid – and potentially create infrastructure investment uncertainty while the car manufacturers are making increasingly positive noises. So what’s needed to start the ball rolling and get people investing and taking this seriously? I have an idea or two, some of which may not appeal to everyone. But here goes…

1. Make planning consent mandatory

Central government should legislate that every local authority and planning board MUST include a requirement to deliver the infrastructure needed for EV charging points in ALL new builds (domestic and commercial) and major refurbishment projects. This as a minimum will mean installing the required cabling, metering and distribution boards for a client to be able to invest in EV charging at greatly reduced costs. If the cables, the meter and the fuses are there, you just need to plug your charging point in (a bit simplistic but you get the gist).

2. Standardise protocols

I’m sure some will say this is already the case, while others will recognise that many charging point providers have their own software and data collection networks. Although many claim their equipment will talk to everyone else’s because it’s an open protocol, unfortunately I find this a bit hard to believe. I regularly see examples where problems getting one company’s software talking to another company’s hardware stops or delays investment.

3. A Data Collection Company using blockchain technology

 Again, in my humble opinion, we need to use the Smart metering model of centralising all data collected from charging posts using something like blockchain. Tens of thousands of interactions which are all the same and from which the customer (EV owner) can get all the data they need, then can buy their energy from the supplier they want, at the price they want and use any charging post they can plug into.

Education is the key

So, in summary, I think we in the EV charging world – alongside car manufacturers, energy suppliers, energy generators, grid and distribution companies – have a lot to do to educate customers and government about what is needed to make the monumental shift from fossil fuels in our vehicles to a distributed grid which includes electric and perhaps hydrogen vehicles.

It’s easy for someone to say we are banning all new petrol/diesel/LPG cars by 2040. But there is a lot of stuff to do before that vision becomes a reality, especially as those legislating for this won’t be in power when it actually happens. In fact, some of us probably won’t even be here when it happens!

We need to start today, legislating for the changes needed to get the infrastructure in place, the energy generation and storage in place and all the systems and software talking to each other. This is not complicated and we have already learnt so many lessons in the past from doing similar things (Smart metering being a perfect example) – so we should be able to get this right first time.

The vehicles will be built and sold, the infrastructure will be installed and the technology will keep changing and improving, so our job is to make it simple for everyone now and create a clear roadmap for the EV charging industry in the UK going forward.

So what comes first – EVs or charging networks? It’s probably not an either or – but more of a both. Alongside this, however, is another critical factor – and that’s education. This is key to creating a successful EV world for the future.

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Dave is working within nPower’s Business Solutions department looking at non-supply offerings and at processes and procedures needed to enable Energy + and Electric Vehicle products. The Energy Managers Association recognised Dave’s contribution to energy management by voting him their Energy Manager of the Year in December 2015.

By Dave Horton